The Flying Fruit Fly Circus has taken to the road on a mission to inspire the nation’s children to be themselves.
Its show Control Alt Delete explores the theme of control — when do young people feel in control, out of control or controlled by others.
The 16 performers, aged 10 to 18, helped create the show in workshops with artistic director Jodie Farrugia.
Executive director Richard Hull said it was important that young audiences related to it.
“It touches on bullying in a creative and oblique way,” he said.
“It’s about kids having a right to be an individual and to be different.
“And how you may have to deal with people who find that threatening because you’re not conforming.”
Mr Hull said the deep meaning was woven into a spectacular acrobatic performance by the high-energy world-class circus that appealed to all ages.
He said the children were thrilled to be touring in the circus’ 35th anniversary year.
“To be loading your bags on the bus is always exciting,” he said.
The first leg of the tour takes in Portland, Sale and Warragul in Victoria while the second leg in October will take in NSW and Queensland.